On the east side of Detroit, the streets of MorningSide are lined with stately, brick Tudor-style houses. But today, one in four of those houses is abandoned, boarded up, gutted, or burned out.
The foreclosure crisis of 2008 hit MorningSide like a tidal wave, and the neighborhood is struggling to sprout again from the rubble. There’s a lot of buzz about a new Renaissance in downtown Detroit, but the locals in this corner of town are wondering when – and if – the revival is going to make its way to them. In the meantime, they’re holding their own and looking out for each other.
"In the new Detroit conversation, there’s this impulse to erase some of the tradition, or replace it with lofts and warehouses, but to know that the roots are actually planted, and they’ve been here for a long time, that’s what this neighborhood reminds me of," says Imani Mixon, producer of the MorningSide 48224 podcast.
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This episode was made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts